Dave's Coffee Mocha Syrup

Dave’s Mocha Coffee Syrup

Dave’s Coffee is a local, small-batch roaster based out of Westerly, RI, that, in addition to roasting amazing coffee also makes a variety of coffee syrups: original, vanilla, mocha and decaf. To create their syrup, the coffee is cold-brewed and then simmered with natural cane sugar using traditional brewing methods. My recommendation is starting with Dave's Mocha Syrup which combines Dave's Original Syrup with cocoa powder for an added richness that makes it the perfect addition to ice cream or to blend in drinks.

Francis Francis X7.1 Espresso Maker

Francis Francis X7.1 Espresso Maker

The Francis Francis X7.1 may look retro, but the espresso it produces is anything but your grandparent's brew.  The X7.1 uses illy's iperespresso capsule technology, which utilizes a two stage-process instead of the conventional one-stage, in order to extract the very best flavor possible from illy espresso beans for a full bodied espresso and coveted crema.  If you prefer milk, there is a Pannarello steam wand that froths milk for a perfect cappuccino and latte every time.  The Francis X7.1 comes in either red or black, and at only $295 for the machine and less than a dollar per shot, it's the significantly more economical choice than your local coffee house.

Whiskey Barrel Coffee

Whiskey Barrel Coffee

Forget Folgers – the best part of waking up is Whiskey Barrel Coffee ($50) from the fine roasters at Espresso Smith Coffee Company.  It blends the delectable flavors of aged bourbon whiskey with the subtle richness of coffee, resulting in what may very well be the ultimate morning man drink.  Roast options include dark and light roasts as well as decaf, and it's sealed in a bottle that's individually hand-dipped in wax to ensure the ultimate in freshness.  If that's not enough to wet your whiskey and coffee appetite, Espresso Smith also offers the same whiskey infused coffee beans covered in your choice of dark, white and milk chocolates ($30), further satisfying your whiskey and coffee addiction all day long.

ROK Espresso Maker

ROK Espresso Maker

Making espresso at home is a must for any legitimate coffee lover, and the ROK Espresso Maker kit ($180) is easily one of the slickest ways I've seen to do it.  Unlike conventional espresso makers requiring electricity, the ROK is entirely manual – simply add your ground coffee and hot water, then use the polished aluminum handles to generate the pressure required to extract the perfect espresso.  The kit includes everything you need, including the ROK espresso maker with plunger, water chamber and portafilter, splitter, storage tin, stainless steel milk frother, tamp and spoon; with an included 10 year warranty ensures you'll get a decade of trouble-free, eco-friendly espresso making in the comfort of your own home.

Rival Bros Coffee

Rival Bros Coffee

As a a self-admitted coffee addict with what equates to commercial café in my kitchen, I'm always on the lookout for a new roast or blend to try.  My latest coffee venture led me to a small coffee truck and roaster based out of Philly that goes by the name Rival Bros Coffee.  Right now they're offering a total of 5 coffee/espresso options, with my two favorites being their Whistle & Cuss ($12.50) and Revolver ($11.75).  Whistle & Cuss makes an awesome espresso that's sweet and nutty with a bit of fruitiness for good measure, whereas Revolver is excellent in both drip/press/pour over methods, noting a richly balanced and chocolatey flavor with a dash of spice.  Both are superb and a tribute to small batch roasting.  Whichever coffee you pick, all are roasted fresh each week and shipped straight to you from Philadelphia, ensuring you're getting the best beans possible each and every time.

Ratio Coffee Machine Left Side

Ratio Eight Coffee Machine

For coffee purists, Chemex and the pour over method are a beautifully simplistic way to bring out the complexity of your chosen beans.  The problem with the pour over method is that it's somewhat labor intensive compared to traditional automatic coffee machines.  Enter the Ratio Eight Coffee Machine ($395).  It's a beautifully designed walnut and die cast aluminum coffee maker that combines the convenience of an automatic machine with the brew quality of the pour over method.  It's calibrated to brew at precisely 200°, it uses a unique showerhead inspired by pour over kettles to uniformly saturate the coffee grounds, and it automatically brews the perfect amount of coffee based on the amount of water added.  Best of all, operation of the Ratio Eight is handled by a a single button, while cleaning is done with a simple rinse of the glass carafe and disposal of the paper filter and grounds.

Victoria Arduino Theresia front

Victoria Arduino Theresia

Forget Folgers, the best part of waking up in the morning is sipping a perfectly prepared espresso/latte/cappuccino.  And while there's a vast array of home espresso makers that will get you there, few boast the slick styling of the Victoria Arduino Theresia ($6,800).  Built as a tribute to Pier Teresio Arduino (who founded Victoria Arduino in 1905), it's design mimics the facets of a diamond, while its performance is mimics that of a commercial espresso maker.  Thanks to its T3 technology, Theresia users can precisely set the outlet temperature of the group in the water, group, and steam parameters, with temperatures actively monitored by three independent PID.  As for adjusting the settings, everything's handled through modern digital displays, making changing your preferred temp. settings as simple as the press of a button.

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